LUBBOCK – The Children's Hospital Association, incorporating what was formerly known as NACHRI, has accepted Covenant Children's for Associate membership.
Covenant Children's becomes one of 225 members and supporters of the nonprofit association, a collective voice for health systems devoted to the well-being of America's 88 million children and their families, no matter how sick or how poor.
"Participation in the Children's Hospital Association offers us a vast communications network with people who understand children: their needs, their treatment and the financing of their care," said Chris Dougherty, CEO of Covenant Children's. "We look forward to bringing our leadership and special insights to the association and joining in the imperative for stronger advocacy on behalf of all children."
Covenant Children's is the region's only licensed children's hospital, and only one of eight in the entire state of Texas. It was admitted to the association as an Associate member, joining the foremost children's hospitals in the nation.
The Children's Hospital Association is a not-for-profit membership association of children's hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers and related organizations, including those that specialize in rehabilitative and long-term care of children with serious chronic or congenital illnesses.
"We welcome Covenant Children's to the family of care givers devoted to improving the health of children, and we look forward to its active involvement," said association President and CEO Mark Wietecha.
"Because of their singular focus on children, hospitals like Covenant Children's are able to identify emerging trends and problems associated with the health of children and to develop treatment programs drawing on the expertise of pediatric researchers and practitioners.
While children's hospitals represent less than 5 percent of all hospitals, they are the backbone of the nation's pediatric health care infrastructure. Although few in number, they provide a disproportionately large share of the nation's pediatric acute clinical care; are vital centers of education in pediatric medicine; and are centers of leading-edge research in children's health aimed at producing the best possible medical outcomes.
The Children's Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing 223 children's hospitals, the Association is the voice of children's hospitals nationally. The Association champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals.
Formed in 2011, Children's Hospital Association brings together the strengths and talents of three organizations: Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.). The Children's Hospital Association has offices in Alexandria, VA, and Overland Park, KS.
The relatively small number and mission-driven nature of children's hospitals enables the Association to lead a tightly knit community, ready to overcome challenges to keep children's health front and center as a national priority.